The Best Holiday Candles

 For the consistent DDR readers, you are most likely already aware of my obsession with candles. I have candles lit throughout my place at all times. Therefore, you can only imagine how many scents and brands I’ve tested. As I stated in a previous post (best candles for summer), my favorite brand has always been Bath & Body Works.

Bath & Body Works candles are the perfect 3-wick candle. Their made using the highest concentration of fragrance oils, an exclusive blend of vegetable wax and wicks that won’t burn out. They melt consistently and evenly, radiating enough fragrance to fill an entire room. And their topped with a silver, flame extinguishing lid. They burn for approximately 25-45 hours and measure 4” wide x 3.5 “ tall. Plus, their constantly having sales, which makes them very affordable.

I love candles because they have the power to completely change the atmosphere of any room. From holiday parties, to cozy nights around the tree, to baking nights with the girls, candles have a way of setting the tone for any particular event. Not to mention, they’re a perfect gift for any girl!

Today, I’ve put together a round-up of my favorite holiday candles!

  1. Sparkling Icicles: let your holiday party sparkle with this bright fragrance of moss, bergamot, and a finishing touch of citrus.
  2. Winter: (my favorite scent of all) Pine needles, icy mandarin, and winter woods capture the magic of glittering icicles and sparkling snow.
  3. Vanilla Bean Noel: a creamy blend of vanilla bean, rich cocoa, and sweet cream, with a touch of caramel and brown sugar.
  4. Jingle All the Way: currently sold out! However, I’ve linked a similar fav!
  5. Salted Caramel: currently sold out! However, I’ve linked a similar fav!

Gift Guide: Bigley’s Cottage Kitchen

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With Christmas just around the corner, I’ve decided to develop a few shopping gift guides. Whether you’re shopping for your mom, dad, sister, significant other, or even your BFF, within the next week there will be a guide on DDR, that can assist you on your quest!

In this particular guide everything is from Bigley’s Cottage Kitchen and is available for purchase in store and online.

Looking for a small but perfect gift to bring to a dinner party? Check out the Cottage Life Weekend Candles, available in short and large jars. They hand-pour their signature soy/wax blend, and use natural and essential oil fragrances. Plus have multiple scents to choose from! I absolutely love them!

If you’re on the hunt for a perfect gift for mom or dad, I highly suggest looking into the Lotus Grill. The Lotus Grill is a battery powered smokeless charcoal BBQ grill. It has won numerous awards for for its cooking performance, and uses 90% less charcoal then any ordinary charcoal grill on the market. It comes in four different colors- grey, red, yellow, and green, and is available in two different sizes.

I hope this guide helps you find the ideal gift! HAPPY SHOPPING!

Each product is linked below:

  1. Four snowshoe placemats- $24.99
  2. Danica London Pottery 6 cup red teapot: $24.99
  3. Set of three dish towels: $18.99
  4. Lotus Grill: $299.99
  5. Lampe Berger- Heritage Red: $94.00
  6. 12oz snowshoe mug: $7.99
  7. Cottage Life Weekend Candles: $18-$24.00

 

 

The Best Candles For Summer 

  Anyone who personally knows me, knows that I’m absolutely OBSESSED with candles. I buy candles in bulk…literally. By adding a candle to a room, you’re able to subtly change the overall dynamic that you’re trying to achieve. For instance, tropical scents tend to create a fun and outgoing vibe. I typically use tropical scents throughout the summer season, when I’m having my girlfriends over for afternoon drinks, or getting together before we head out for a night on the town. Scents such as cookies and cream or vanilla are great for a night in watching movies or reading a good book. Lavender scents are perfect for creating a relaxing atmosphere, while having a nice hot bubble bath.

There are countless different brands of candles that I love, but when it comes down to it my all time favourite are from Bath and Body Works. The reason being that 1. Their affordable and they are constantly having great sales, 2. The scent is ALWAYS strong enough to smell throughout the entire room, and 3. The variety of different scents that are available is incredible. Instead having trouble finding one I like, I have trouble narrowing them down.

I’ve put together a roundup of all of my favorite summer scents from Bath and Body works. You’ll also get a sneak peak of how I’ve styled them throughout my home.

What are your favorite summer candles? I’d love to know so I can give them a try! Comment below : )     Pineapple Palm Grass Summer Boardwalk   Nantucket Sail  Apple Crumble   Apple Crumble  Beach Cabana   Beach Cabana  Coastal Sun

15 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mothers Day is just around the corner (May 10th !), which means its time to start shopping for the perfect gift for mom.

Not only did our moms raise us, she dealt with our fractious teenage years (which often included sleepless nights of ignored phone calls), she endured Disney in all forms just to make us happy, and she has been our most prevalent supporter throughout our toughest times. It’s safe to say she deserves something special on her big day.

I recently did a full tour of Bigley Shoes & Clothing and found countless Mothers Day Gift ideas, so many that it was challenging to include them all. However, I’ve picked a few of my favourites and developed this Mother’s Day Gift Guide, to assist you on your quest.

Decorating with Candles

Candles are highly underrated when it comes to home decor. Yes, when the lights go out, they create light. Yes, if you get the right ones, they can smell like heaven. But, they also create romance and a relaxing ethos. No matter where you decide to use candles, they’ll create a warmer, more welcoming environment not only for guests but for yourself too! Cluster them, use a variety of heights, use a variety of scents, use unscented and get some stylish candle holders.

I’ve put together a gallery of different ways to decorate with candles, for some inspiration!

Stocking Stuffers Under $100

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1. C.Wonder- Gold Monogram Wine Stopper

2. Dior- J’adore Eau de Parfum

3. Gold Cursive Monogram Mug

4. Let It Snow Perforated Votive

5. Bath & Body Works 3-wick Winter Candle 

6. NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette

7. J.Crew Industrial Bolt Bracelet

8. Essie 2014 Holiday Kit  

9. Japanese Cherry Blossom Gift Set 

12 Halloween Tabletop Ideas

For some weekend fun, why not try out a few of these DIY Halloween tabletop ideas!?

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1. Deranged Halloween Centerpiece

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2. Erie Candlestick Display

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3. Spooky Napkin Holders

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4. Cobweb Candles

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5. White Pumpkin Centerpiece

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6. Root Vegetable Centerpiece

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7. Forbidding Candles

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8. Creepy Candles

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9. Pumpkin Trio Centerpiece

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10. Punch Bowl Prop

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11. Glittered Pumpkin Table Decorations

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12. Flying Place Cards

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